THERE was an abundance of glitz and glamour at this year's Miss Hampshire contest.

After weeks of competing in rounds such as a photoshop round and raising money for charity, eight finalists remained to compete for the crown.

At an event in the Alton House Hotel in Alton, Channon Kail was crowned champion and took home the accolade.

The 20-year-old from Portsmouth said: "It is unreal, this is the second year I have competed and I have had so much support from my sponsors and my mum.

"When they said my name it was unbelievable I just started crying and was just overcome with emotion.

"It is straight on from here to Miss England, I am in the swing of competing now so will keep going.

"Miss Hampshire is the best thing I have done, I have made so many friends and anyone who is thinking about doing it come and talk to us about and we will tell you how good it is."

The evening saw the women take part in several rounds including showing off their evening gowns and an eco round which saw them display dresses they had made themselves out of recyclable materials.

These dresses included plastic bags, banners and even pages from old magazines.

Larissa Hirst, 2015's Miss Hampshire who also organised the event this year, said: "It was very hard to judge this year and there were four girls that had a tiny amount of points between them.

"I am really proud of them they are all really amazing, they have all worked so hard and are all so confident and I am really happy for Channon because she will do a great deal as Miss Hampshire.

"In the run up to Miss England she just need to focus on what she wants to achieve and continues with her charity work."

Channon will now go on to represent the county in the Miss England contest in the summer, where Hampshire usually places in the top 20 of county's competing.

Some of the other 2016 Miss Hampshire contestants will also get the chance to compete in some of the Miss England rounds, including the charity fundraising round and the popularity round, for winning the rounds in this year's Miss Hampshire.

Why the guys are missing out this year:

There will be no Mr Hampshire this year, as the contest is only held every two years. The competition, which is regional contest for Mr England, is designed to tie in with Mr World, which is only held every other year meaning there will be no new Mr Hampshire in 2016.